Beveragemania Closed?

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A reader writes:

“I walked by Beveragemania this morning and there was a foreclosure notice (dated May 6, 2009) on the door. It said the place had been foreclosed on in October. I’m sad to see the place go as everyone there was always friendly and chatty. What do you know? Did they simply lose their footing after the damage to their New Orleans properties last fall?”

Oh this is sad news. I’ve emailed the owners and hopefully will find out the full story.

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  • First off, the 24/7 hours were quite the over-reach. Just how many good sales happen at 3am on an Upshur Tuesdya night? And then once inside, the layout… well it was odd at best. So the close of beveragemania does not surprise me, though I am sad at its passing. The strip does need a coffee shop, but one that has a better layout – seating would be nice.

  • Again not surprised. Just like Flyy Couture. One of the things I have noticed is that the immigrant businesses have a leg up on the home grown locals. Consider this: the carryouts, Moroni’s, etc have an extension of their family working there. That is a more reliable pool of employees. I don’t know much about Beverage. I only went once or twice. But I bet that they had a hard time staffing the place.

  • @Nate,
    It was a family run business with the family working in the place.

    I am sad to hear about their closing :(

  • It was a nice idea, but the layout was flawed and the uninviting frosted glass never made any sense.

    They did make an awesome milkshake though.

  • That does not mean it was a reliable pool of employees. An immigrant family may have family members that can not access the local labor market. As such, they are “captive”employees. Not so for locals.

  • Right, because all the locals are dumb and lazy.

  • miss them

  • I never went inside because I just didn’t get the frosted glass. I didn’t know what they sold, what they were all about. And I get what Nate says about immigrant labor pool. Chinese immigrants for example may work in a relative’s carry-out for $100 a week and get to sleep in the place (I knew of this). What American would work for such wages. My Salvadoran inlaws know people who have a cleaning business where even the 70 year old illiterate mother helps out, and is not paid. She doesn’t take a salary because they really can’t afford to pay her but she does it to keep the business afloat, and it barely is.

  • “An immigrant family may have family members that can not access the local labor market. As such, they are “captive”employees. Not so for locals.”

    If by “can not access the local labor market” you mean “are in this country illegally and therefore can’t get a better job,” you may have a point. But what Anonymous @11:02 is challenging, which I also challenge, is the idea that “locals” – i.e., black people that grew up in D.C. – are by definition a poor labor pool.

    As far as this place is concerned, to be honest, I never went in there because I thought that it was some kind of front. It made no sense to me to have a business that sold food or drinks hidden behind frosted glass. That’s not very inviting. I’m glad I was wring about the nature of the business and I’m sorry they could not make it.

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